The biggest little theatre festival in the world breezes into the Sydney summer scene with its 19th year of the popular 10×10 minute format.
This year’s line-up of plays (announced at this Wednesday’s launch event at the Tom Mann Theatre) offers almost a hundred new short plays over the 8 weeks of heats and subsequent finals – all climaxing in the Gala Awards Finals on the Anzac Day Weekend.
Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret and comedy across Australia and the globe with festivals as far afield as NZ, India, Malaysia, Ireland and the Middle East. Its Hollywood festival is the world’s go-to showcase for actors, writers and directors for stage and screen. Its Sydney alumni include Rose Byrne, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Andrew Steel and QTC artistic director Lee Lewis.
The 2020 fest will again feature judges’ voting and the People’s Choice audience votes. Among the many industry judges this year are actors Amanda Muggleton, Tony Bonner, Peter Mochrie, Peter Kowitz, Danny Adcock and casting agents Faith Martin and Jo Briant.
Week 5 highlights:
Basket Case by US writer Joseph Arnone starts with mum (Olga Tamara) giving some bad news to her daughter (Debbie Neilson) but things don’t go to plan!
Among other plays on the bill of this week’s 10×10 minute marvels (from Thurs 12 to Sunday 15 March at the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills) a lonely clerk’s search for love turns sinister… Lachlan McWilliam directs Don Ferguson in The Clerk by Jeffrey Gold.
The Price Of – by Western Sydney writer-director Bree Spaccavento for new company NT2 – sees a woman accidentally summon a supernatural creature who forces her to make a deal with a high price: sacrifice a life for the gift of a lifetime. Starring Henry Taylor, Taleece Paki and Amy Lawler.
In Julie Barnett’s Antisocial Media, Sarah (Scarlet Hunter) is addicted to Facebook and Twitter – with dire consequences! Also starring David Loney and Cris Bocchi, directed by Peter Gizariotis.
Some days you just wake up on the wrong side of the nest! John Bavoso’s brilliant take on the Greek legend in Prometheus Shrugs sees the eagle charged with eating the mythical titan’s liver each day, grow weary of his role! When Heracles shows up, an unlikely friendship ensues. Zoe Harvey directs William Baltyn, Prateek Chatterjee and Daniel d’Amico.
Happiness is overrated in Cathy Friend’s witty Tea Party for Sad People, with Zoe Sadler, Thana Vulcik, Julia Pennisi and Joss Chalmers, directed by Jeremy Lowrencev for Umbr Productions.
Short+Sweet veterans writer Pheona Mulligan and director Felicity Burke team up in Fault Lines, when a chance meeting between a businessman and a woman living rough draws out their common humanity… With Haki Pepo Olu Crisden and Niki James (pictured above right).
In The Line, an escapee surprises his would-be captors. Fergus Maclagan directs Felix Carlyle’s play starring Morgan Harpur, Lloyd Darling and David Hodgkins.
Another veteran short play writer Gerry Greenland returns with Crash Test Drama winner Susie Meets Her Match: a teenager starts her family unravelling with shocking & hilarious revelations. Jyotsna Sharma directs Adam Dorrington, Debbie Neilson, Sonia Hamdard & Jonathon Brown.
And finally, UK writer Cliff Keen’s Superposition stars Andrew Ramage and Lana Jean Hill as two Irish mime artists who try to explain superposition (“What the feck is that?”).